Basic Lifestyle Photography Workshop for Youngsters

“The kids had such an awesome learning experience – they didn’t really want the classes to end. Teacher JM helped bring out the best in them during those two fruitful days!”  ~ Tanya Marin-Esperon, Mom of Isabella

I conducted my first photography workshop for youngsters last April 9-10, 2014. It was fun and interactive!

I conducted my first photography workshop for youngsters last April 9-10, 2014 just a few days after arriving from Goa, India (thus, the fatty eye bags). It was fun and very interactive!
Did I say F U N?

I didn't waste any time but immediately started the class by giving them their first photography activity. This time I want to see how they'll capture their first photo. Subject: "Still Life"

I didn’t waste any time but immediately started the class by giving them their first photography activity. This time I want to see how they’ll capture their first photo.
Subject: “Still Life”

Love and peace be with you too! This is one of the best shots of Patty on our first day of workshop.

Love and peace be with you too! This is one of the best shots of Patty on our first day of workshop. On our first session, we discussed about the history of camera and basic photography. Then we had our next activity on portraiture.

After our first indoor session, we went outside for some working lunch...Where else but where there are lots of "M"s.

After our first indoor session, we went outside for some working lunch…Where else but where there are lots of “M”s. Mmmm… we’re hungry!

This was the coach's lunch...

This was the coach’s lunch while discussing what they need to do next.
Directions: Pair up and photograph the place, people, and things.
Subject: Lifestyle Photography

One of Yna's best photos! Very candid and nicely framed!

One of Yna’s best photos! Very candid and nicely framed!

The class was very relaxed and casual. This was how they did their 1st outdoor photo shoot! They made the most out of their gadgets.

The class was very relaxed and casual. This was how they did their 1st photo shoot! They made the most out of their gadgets. When taking photos of people, these kids also learned how to ask permission first. Very important especially during travel shoots. ;)

Kudos to Austin's creativity and initiative to take a photo of the ketchup. ;)

Kudos to Austin’s creativity and initiative to take a photo of the ketchup. ;)

Next activity was about nature and close-up photography. They all did pretty well!

Next activity was about nature and close-up photography. They did pretty well!
(In this activity, I let all of them take photos using my camera so they can get a feel of it and can practice how to handle a DSLR. I also told them how much it cost so they will take really good care of it. I got some good and funny reactions from them.)

This workshop's goal is not just about learning a new skill in photography but it's about fueling creativity, imagination, self-confidence, social skills, accountability, and appreciation of the beautiful things around us.

This workshop’s goal is not just about learning a new skill in photography but it’s about fueling creativity, imagination, self-confidence, social skills, accountability, and appreciation of the beautiful things around these youngsters.

Let's meet our very young potential pros! :) So proud of them. In just 2 days they learned so quick.

Let’s meet our very young potential pros! :) So proud of them. In just 2 days they learned so quick.

The giving of certificates and awarding. Feeling Tyra Banks...

The giving of certificates and awarding. Feeling Tyra Banks from America’s Next Top Model…

"In front of me are 6 pretty girls and a cute boy. dies [young, golden hair, blonde or brunette] standing before me [or similar], but I have only one photo in my hand, and this photo represents the one of you that will still be in the running towards becoming America's Next Top Model. I will only call one name, and the girl that I do not call must immediately return to your loft [or apartment, hotel, etc.] here in [city or country], pack your belongings, and go home.

“In front of me are 6 pretty girls and a cute boy. But I only have 7 envelopes in my hand, oh wait, so that’s one per participant. Okay good. Nobody’s going home in tears and without their certificates and photos then.”

Class call...

Class call…

"Chin" 12 years old

“Chin”, 12 years old

Her homework! She's so advance, she even has own watermark already. :)

Her homework! She’s so advanced, she even got her own watermark and “alias” already. :)

Her best candid photo!

Her best candid photo! A story-teller.

"Isabella" 11 years old

“Isabella”, 11 years old

One of the best ways to learn is to evaluate

One of the best ways to learn is to evaluate each other’s work.

Isabella made use of the different modes in her camera and went really close to her subjects! She got the best close-up award! I think she'll take really good macro shots in the future.

Isabella made use of the different modes in her camera and went really close to her subjects. She got the best close-up award! I think she’ll take really good macro shots in the future.

"Austin", 9 years old

“Austin”, 9 years old

Austin's homework.

Austin’s homework.

Austin is our young abstract photographer!

Austin is our young abstract photographer!

"Yna", 9 years old

“Yna”, 9 years old

Sweet Yna got the best nature photo award!

Sweet Yna got the best nature photo award!

"Angela", 11 years old (her self-portraiture homework)

“Angela”, 11 years old
(her self-portraiture homework)

Another homework done by Angela.

Another homework done by Angela.

Best urban photo! Angela's really did a good job in trying different perspectives in taking photos. She even laid down on the grass just to take this picture. Good job!

Best urban photo! Angela did a good job in trying different perspectives in taking photos. She even laid down on the grass just to take this one. Good job!

"Patty", 13 years old (her self-portraiture homework)

“Patty”, 13 years old
(her self-portraiture homework)

One of Patty's homework.

One of Patty’s homework.

Patty got the best composition award! She experimented with different angles especially with portraits.

Patty got the best composition award! She experimented with different angles especially with portraits.

"Cata", 11 years old (her self-portraiture homework)

“Cata”, 11 years old
(her self-portraiture homework)

Best use of "rule of thirds" awardee!

Best use of “rule of thirds” awardee! Cata mastered the rule of thirds in most of her photos.

class and certificates

Well done!

with some of the parents and guardians

The youngsters with some of the parents and guardians.

Their best photos

Congratulations! I’m so proud of you guys.

And to celebrate a great summer with these youngsters, one of the moms treated us with this delicious truffle cake. Yummy!

And to celebrate a great summer with these youngsters, one of the moms treated us with this delicious truffle cake. Yummy!

Laura

Our youngest (future) “student” darling Laura.
(Tanya, special thanks to you for organizing this workshop with me and for taking some of the photos here. :)

(Photo by: Yna)
I enjoyed this workshop so much! I’m looking forward to see more beautiful photos from these youngsters. During our sessions, they also learned their “forte” and an introduction on how to make photography as their business. Hooray to our future photographers and entrepreneurs! :)
Love, Coach JM

Interested to have a customized photography workshop for your group? Send me a message through my contact page: http://seasonswithmsjm.com/contact/ :) Have a productive summer.

*Thanks to Mcdonald’s and Mary Grace Cafe for our spontaneous lunch and shoot venues. :)

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3 Comments

  • April 21, 2014

    Patty Esperon

    I love your website Coach JM

    • April 22, 2014

      jmdelarama

      Thanks Patty! :) Hope you were able to take nice photos during your recent travels.

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